The curriculum reflects the diversity of library and information environments in which students will eventually work, the populations they serve, and the disciplines of library and information science augmented by an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and information. The Master of Arts, Library and Information Science is an American Library Association accredited 36 credit degree program. The Master of Arts, with a major in Library and Information Science (MA-LIS), can prepare a student for professional opportunities in a wide variety of environments including libraries, archives, publishing, the corporate sector, the Internet and other technology companies.
SIRLS offers one master's degree, the Master of Arts with a major in Information Resources and Library Science. Students, whether living in Tucson or elsewhere, are all part of the same program and may take all or some of their courses online. In the past, it was a requirement to take IRLS 504 face to face in Tucson. Beginning Fall 2013, SIRLS will offer an option to enroll in IRLS 504 as an online-only section. This would allow the possibility to complete all coursework for the Masters Program virtually. Some other courses are taught with varying schedules (e.g. three weekends) or using a combination of online and face to face modes:
Virtual courses, taught in an online course environment
Hybrid courses, including a combination of intensive face-to-face meetings and pre- or post- work, often in a virtual environment.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
There are various types of financial assistance that can help you cover the costs associated with college. UA offers a wide array of scholarship programs. Every student is considered for scholarships as long as a complete application for admission, transcripts and test scores have been received.
To apply for need-based aid, U.S. citizens must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have your information sent to UA, specify the UA school code 001083.
To ensure you get the best financial package, be sure to complete a FAFSA by March 1st and have a complete Admissions Application (application, transcripts, SAT/ACT scores) by May 1st.
University of Arizona Accreditation
The University of Arizona is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized federally by the Department of Education. Accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission ensures students and other stakeholders that the University of Arizona meets clear quality standards concerning mission, integrity, teaching and learning, resources, and institutional effectiveness. In addition, the University is operated under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona is working in cooperation with state agencies to comply with required authorizations in each state. Review your states current status with regard to online programs at the University of Arizona, including any special requirements which may exist for your academic program of interest.
Important note for prospective students: If you are considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in your state (i.e. Nursing, Education), it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning an academic program located outside your state.